After all the 27.5+ excitement this week, there’s another wheel size getting some buzz, and it’s 650b. Mark V texted me from the shop last night (where he’s building up, custom “allroad” bikes)
Cannondale is going 650b x 42 for their Lefty suspension gravel bike…as in Jan Heine tyres w suspension fork and disc brakes. Rad
This marks the first performance bike from a mainstream maker that explores 650B/27.5 tyre standard without knobs
Well that’s interesting, huh? As Jan wrote
The thought of a modern carbon bike that can fly over pavement like a racing bike, but handle rough gravel like a mountain bike, and everything in between, is truly exciting.
and I can’t wait to talk to him more about it. If there’s one thing the industry needs is to de-niche their lines, and bring back the all-around great, road bike. Call it made for adventure, gravel, all road, or whatever.
Is it just me or is all the excitement in the dirt these days? Compared to say, thin aero road bikes with cowled brakes.
— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) June 20, 2015